Easy One Pot Pasta Recipe

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Easy One Pot Pasta
Have you ever made a one pot pasta recipe? You basically toss everything into one pot, cook it and eat it. Sounds easy right? Well, it is easy! Clean up is easy too thanks to the one pot meal! You can make all sorts of different one pot pasta combinations. I’m sharing an easy recipe to get you started and I bet you’ll continue to tweak it to mix it up and make many different one pot meals!

This recipe is the perfect addition to your recipe arsenal. When I need a quick, easy meal that I know will please and will NOT stress me out, I pull out this recipe and throw it together. It’s perfect for entertaining guests and thanks to the minimal prep and clean up, it will give you more time to visit with your guests and you’ll spend less time in the kitchen!

Cherry Tomatoes

My inspiration for this dish was the end of my cherry tomato harvest. I salvaged a few cups of cherry tomatoes from my garden after it got hit by frost and I knew I wanted to put together an easy one pot pasta recipe with them.

One pot pasta recipe

In a large dutch oven (this one is my favorite pot for one pot meals) combine cherry tomatoes, sliced in half, onions, garlic, frozen, fully cooked meatballs, basil, spaghetti or linguine noodles (uncooked), kosher salt, ground pepper, water and Italian seasoning.

One Pot Pasta - Cherry Tomatoes & Meatballs

Cover and bring to a boil. Once it has reached a boil, remove cover and cook 7 minutes, until pasta is al dente. Stir occasionally. Liquid will absorb and become sauce when the tomatoes cook down. You’ll be left with a light tomato sauce that is deliciously fresh tasting. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.

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Yields 6

Easy One Pot Pasta Recipe

Easy one pot pasta recipe.

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 3 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 pound fully cooked, frozen meatballs
  • 1 generous handful basil leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 pound dry linguine or spaghetti
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large dutch oven combine all ingredients except Parmesan cheese.
  2. Cover and cook on high until it reaches a boil.
  3. Then uncover and boil for 7 minutes or until pasta is al dente, stirring occasionally.
  4. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.
Cuisine: Italian | Recipe Type: Main Dish

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  1. This is a great recipe for those busy week nights, love the ingredients used to create this easy one pot recipe. I will be trying this one.

  2. vickie couturier says:

    that does look good,,my husband would love this

  3. ellen beck says:

    I have made one pot pasta but never thrown in whole cherry tomatoes. It makes sense it would work, I might have to give this a try.

  4. Oh how smart! I need to make this. Love the easy clean up

  5. I love all of these fresh ingredients you used! Looks delicious!

  6. I just rescued the last tomatoes out of my garden too, so I will have to try this!

  7. Anything that can be made in one pot is totally awesome in my book! I love this recipe.

  8. Awesome recipe! I love pasta, and if it call all be made in one pot, all the better!

  9. I think I pretty much love this idea. The cherry tomatoes are a great save!

  10. This is such a great, great idea. Anything that cuts back on the work after dinner is good for me!

  11. I love one pot meals! And I mean love! This looks so very delicious too! Yum

  12. I have made this before without meatballs and it was a huge hit for the family. I like the idea of adding a protein. Great recipe!

  13. Tasty looking dish, Easy and delish.

  14. This looks really simple. I wonder if my boys would eat this, it looks good.

  15. Catherine S says:

    This looks really good. I don’t cook very much so the simpler the better.

  16. Who doesn’t love one-pot meals? They’re delicious and very easy to make!

  17. This would make a great dinner recipe for a busy weeknight. Simple to prep and cook, and clean up would be a breeze too!

  18. That does sound great for reducing the stress that sometimes goes with hosting. I like too that it’s just one pot.

  19. I LOVe saving time in the kitchen and one pot dishes do just that. Would love to give this one a try.

  20. Looks so tasty and easy to make. I love that it’s made in one pot for minimal clean up.

  21. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I love one pot meals. This looks like a hearty delicious meal. Great for cold winter days.

  22. I love this idea, I am all about finding new things to cook and this would be a hit with our pasta loving fam!

  23. That’s a whole lotta yum in one pot! I love that there’s less dishes!

  24. I’ve made that before without the meatballs. I bet the meatballs make it amazing!!

  25. I am a stickler for pasta and this looks delish! Definitely something I would recreate!

  26. I haven’t tried a one pot pasta meal before. This looks delicious!

  27. shelly peterson says:

    This is really a great idea. You cant get much easier than this and it looks so good.

  28. Allison Downes says:

    Wow this looks so good!! And easy too. I love fresh basil and those yummy sweet cherry tomatoes. I will have to make this sometime. Thank you for sharing!

  29. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I am all about convenience these days. I love that this is a one pot meal!

  30. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! I never thought to do this, but I can promise you we will be trying it now! WOW!

  31. katklaw777 says:

    I just made a one pot chili mac that my family loved. I was skeptical when the macaroni noodles went in uncooked but I think they absorbed the flavors of the dish much better that way.
    It was delish and the little bit of leftovers I had were not mushy at all, they were yummy too!

  32. It’s kind of bland with no sause. Make sure to cook it a bit longer as your noodles will stick together and not cook all the way.

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